Running from Home: A Memoir

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Government Institutes, Feb 15, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 230 pages
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Running from Home chronicles Rita's flight from the Nazis as it was perceived by a young child. The sense of bewilderment, loss of home, and suffering from hunger and cold create an indelible mark upon her mind and do not leave when she eventually comes to America. Raised in different cultures, she never feels at home but is always the outsider, trying to reconcile her old life and experiences with her new surroundings. Her youth and adolescence are assaulted by the demons that have been imprinted on her young brain. Furthermore, Rita's father suffers from his own demons: financial insecurity, disenfranchisement, and constant poverty serve to reestablish her old fears and sense of loss. For Rita, the war is not over when the peace treaties have been signed. For more information, please see www.ritabross.com.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 GoodBye
3
Chapter 2 Heil Hitler
5
Chapter 3 Alex
7
Chapter 4 Freda
9
Chapter 5 Vienna
11
Chapter 6 Parting
13
Chapter7 Poland
17
Chapter 8 The Farm
20
Chapter 33 Interlude
112
Chapter 34 516 West 188th Street
115
Chapter 35 Tovah
120
Chapter 36 Yetta
124
Chapter 37 Camp
128
Chapter 38 The Sacred and the Profane
134
Chapter 39 Unemployment
138
Chapter 40 A Battle of wills
140

Chapter9 The Sardines
22
Chapter 10 Jew Girl
24
Chapter 11 The Visit
28
Chapter 12 Trip to Krakow
30
Chapter 13 On the Run
35
Chapter 14 Freezing
41
Chapter 15 The Ghetto
47
Chapter 16 Into the Dark Woods
54
Chapter 17 Prison
57
Chapter 18 The Journey
61
Chapter 19 A Normal Childhoodin a Mental Hospital
64
Chapter 20 School
69
Chapter 21 Merry Christmas
71
Chapter 22 Denial
76
Chapter 23 Leaving Liebenau
79
Chapter 24 News
81
Chapter 25 The Long Train Ride
87
Chapter 26 Refugee
90
Chapter 27 First Stop
92
Chapter 28 Second Leg of Our Journey
94
Chapter 29 Victor
95
Chapter 30 The Gripsholm
98
Photospread
103
Part II IMMIGRANT GIRL
104
Chapter 31 Ellis Island
105
Chapter 32 Reunion
110
Chapter 41 Dancing
146
Chapter 42 Growing Pains
148
Chapter 43 Tenth Summer
151
Chapter 44 Miss Weinstein
154
Chapter 45 Michael
159
Chapter 46 The Past Comes Calling
162
Chapter 47 Music Lessons
166
Chapter 48 The Gift
170
Chapter 49 Breaking Point
172
Chapter 50 Rescue
175
Chapter 51 Teenager
178
Chapter 52 Hope
181
Chapter 53 A Glimpse of the Promised Land
183
Chapter 54 Music and Art
189
Chapter 55 Thanksgiving 1951
192
Chapter 56 Odd Girl Out
195
Chapter 57 My School
198
Chapter 58 Opening Doors
200
Chapter 59 Chameleon
202
Chapter 60 A Cold and Empty House
204
Chapter 61 Forest Hills
208
Chapter 62 The Dress
214
Chapter 63 Dating Jewish
216
Chapter 64 Leaving Paradise
222
Epilogue
223
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Rita Ross was born in Vienna, Austria two years before Hitler's troops stormed the country. She spent the war years hiding her Jewish identity and came to America in 1945. She taught at the Perlman Jewish Day School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania for 27 years and is a frequent lecturer on her Holocaust experiences and the need for tolerance.

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